VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, January 17, 2020: Cordoba Minerals Corp. (TSX-V:CDB; OTCQB:CDBMF) (“Cordoba” or the “Company”) announced today the completion of the strategic equity investment totalling approximately C$11 million by JCHX Mining Management Co., Ltd. (“JCHX”).
Cordoba has issued 91,372,536 common shares to JCHX through a private placement at a price of C$0.12 per share. With the completion, JCHX now owns approximately 19.9% of Cordoba’s issued and outstanding common shares, and High Power Exploration Inc. (“HPX”) remains Cordoba’s majority shareholder owning approximately 60%.
Cordoba intends to use the proceeds for completing work required to secure mining approvals at the San Matias Copper-Gold-Silver Project in Colombia; to further explore in the San Matias district and at the Perseverance Copper Project in Arizona, USA; and for working capital and general corporate purposes.
The shares issued to JCHX are subject to a four month and one day hold period, which expires on May 17, 2020.
“We welcome JCHX as a major shareholder in our Company,” stated Eric Finlayson, President and CEO of Cordoba and President of HPX. “Further information on our 2020 work programs at San Matias and Perseverance will be announced shortly.”
JCHX’s President Peng Huaisheng joins Cordoba Board
Pursuant to the terms of the investor rights agreement with JCHX, JCHX has nominated and Cordoba has accepted JCHX’s nomination of Dr. Peng Huaisheng to the Cordoba Board of Directors. Dr. Peng currently serves as a director of JCHX and President of JCHX Group Co., Ltd. (“JCHX Group”). The new appointment expands the Cordoba Board of Directors to five members.
Dr. Peng is a professional mining engineer and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Northeast University in Shenyang, Liaoning, an EMBA from Tsinghua University in Beijing and a PhD in Science from Central South University in Changsha, China. He is also a supervisor of PhD degree applicants.
From 1984 to 2007, Dr. Peng worked in the China Nonferrous Engineering and Research Institute successively as Engineer, Senior Engineer, Vice Director, Vice President, and Deputy General Manager of China ENFI Engineering Corporation.
Between 2008 and 2014, Dr. Peng held various roles with Aluminum Corporation of China Ltd. (“Chinalco”), including Executive Director and CEO of Chinalco Mining Corporation International Ltd. During this period, Dr. Peng oversaw the construction and development of the world-class Toromocho copper mine in Peru.
Closing Ceremony of JCHX Strategic Equity Investment in Cordoba
Figure 1: Signing of the investor rights agreement in Beijing on January 16, 2020. Front row (left to right) – Eric Finlayson, President and CEO, Cordoba and President, HPX; Qinghai Wang, Vice Chairman and Director, JCHX. Second row (left to right) – Shizhou Yin, Chairman of Supervisory Board, JCHX and Finance Director, JCHX Group; Cathy Liu, Head of Operations, Ivanhoe Mines Consulting Services (Beijing) Co., Ltd.; Pingxian Ye, Vice President, JCHX; Zhanmin Li, President & Director, JCHX; Huaisheng Peng, Director, JCHX and President, JCHX Group; Philip Mitchell, Senior Commercial Advisor, HPX; Xiancheng Wang, Chairman, JCHX and Chairman, JCHX Group; Shawn Wang, Head of the Investment and Business Development, Ivanhoe Mines Consulting Services (Beijing) Co., Ltd.; Youcheng Wang, Vice President & Director, JCHX; Cicheng Wang, Vice President & Director, JCHX; Wu Shao, Executive Vice President, JCHX; Bangfu Wu, Secretary of the Board, JCHX.
Established in 1997, through its continuous and rapid development, JCHX has become one of the top mining construction companies in China. The company is mainly engaged in mine development and construction, contract mining and research & development of mining technologies.
JCHX is capable of providing comprehensive and professional services to the industry, as it has built a reputation for its integrity and credibility. The company specializes in underground mine development and construction, and production mining, especially in large-section declines and tunnels development. With an extensive fleet of mining equipment supported by highly trained employees, the company can provide solutions for a variety of projects, even those with the most complex geological conditions.JCHX strives to build safe and eco-friendly projects with the spirit of high quality and efficiency through cost-effective approaches.
JCHX is completing the underground development at the Kamoa-Kakula Copper Project, after recently completing construction of the twin production declines. The Kamoa-Kakula Copper Project is located in the Democratic Republic of Congo and is jointly operated by Ivanhoe Mines and Zijin Mining Group. More information on JCHX and their current projects is available on their website: www.jchxmc.com.
Cordoba Minerals Corp. is a mineral exploration company focused on the exploration, development and acquisition of copper and gold projects. Cordoba is developing the San Matias Copper-Gold-Silver Project, which includes the Alacran deposit and satellite deposits at Montiel East, Montiel West and Costa Azul, located in the Department of Cordoba, Colombia. Cordoba also holds a 25% interest in the Perseverance Copper Project in Arizona, USA, which it is exploring through a Joint Venture and Earn-In Agreement. For further information, please visit www.cordobaminerals.com.
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